Detailed Course Structure


GL 141 Basic French I (1, 1, 1)

Establish one’s Identity: Greetings and polite expression, introducing oneself and other. The Francophone World: The place of French in the world; Francophone countries and La Francophone. Time and Weather: Days of the week, months of the year; telling the time of the clock. Telling the weather; weather forecast. The Family/Professions: Members of the family, one’s place in the family; professions/trades of parents. Health and Sport: Parts of the body stating where one is suffering from; common diseases and medications; heath facilities.

GL151 Applied Electricity (2, 2, 3)

DC circuits and machines. Electrostatics. AC circuits: Single-phase circuits and theory. three-phase theory. Measuring instruments. Magnetic instruments. Magnetic circuits. Transformers, Induction and synchronous machines.

GL 153 Linear Algebra and Trigonometry (2, 2, 3)

Complex numbers: De Moivre’s theorem and its application to (i) summation of series, (ii) expansion of Sinnq and Cosnq in double angles, (iii) expansion of Sinnq and Cosnq in terms of Sinnq and Cosnq. Vector algebra and its applications. Introduction to matrix algebra and Spherical trigonometry.

GL 155 Technical Drawing (1, 3, 2)

Letter with inclined and vertical strokes. Word spacing and compositions. Construction of lines. Angles, regular polygons and general loci. First and third angle orthogonal projections and Dimensioning. Limits, fits and tolerance.

GL 157 Communication Skills I (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to communication: methods and systems of communication. Pre-writing skills: developing listening skills, note-taking and note-making, developing reading skills. Developing writing skills (I): Sentence level (the sentence as an ordered string of words, the simple sentence, basic sentence patterns, common grammatical errors). Coordination and parallelism. Ambiguity and Conventions of usage.

GL 159 Introduction to Computing (1, 2, 2)

Introduction to PCs. Windows operating system. Internet usage. Word Processing using MS Word. Spreadsheet using MS Excel. Presentation using MS PowerPoint. Programming using Visual Basic Applications (VBA) or any modern language useful for Engineers to know the basic concept of programming.

GL 167 Basic Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Review of vector. Review of trigonometry. Fundamental concepts of mechanics. Forces and moments. Equilibrium of a rigid body. Structural analysis. Friction. Simple machines. Basic dynamics of Particles. Basic dynamics of rigid bodies and Simple harmonic motion.

GL 171 Physical Geology (2, 1, 2)

General Geology. Solar System. Internal Processes and Structure of the Earth. Geologic Time. Plate Tectonics. Weathering and Soils. Mass Wasting. Groundwater. Streams and Drainage. Glacier and Drainage. Glacier and Glaciation. Wind Action and Deserts. Volcanism. Earthquake and the Earth’s Interior. Shoreline Processes and the Evolution of Coastal land forms.



GL 142 Basic French II (1, 1, 1)

Movement and Travel: Using adverbs of place to locate places; asking one’s way around, giving   direction to places. Transportation: means and types of transport; local and foreign travel, identifying travel schedules. Problems of transportation. Making Purchases/shopping: Saying what one wants to buy; asking the price of items, bargaining and mode of payment. Life in the University: Identifying places on campus. Academic activities; administrative activities. Culinary Art /French cuisine: Art of cooking; kitchen/cooking utensils. Types of meals in a day.

GL 150 Calculus (2, 1, 2)

Differentiation of Algebraic and Circular Functions, Definitions, Partial Differentiation, Logarithmic Differentiation, Parametric Differentiation, Integration.

GL 152 Strength of Materials (2, 2, 3)

Mechanical properties of materials, Simple stresses, Axially loaded members, Temperature stresses, Shear stresses, Torsional shear stresses, Beams; Shear force and Bending moments, Bending stress in Beams. Complex Stresses: Two dimensional stress, Mohr’s stress circle.

GL 154 Physical and Analytical Chemistry (2. 1, 2)

Structure of the Atom, Chemical Bonding, Properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases, Introduction to Thermodynamics, Reaction Kinetics, Introduction and Scope of Analytical Chemistry, Sampling, Gravimetric Analysis, Volumetric Analysis, Spectrophotometric Analysis.

GL 156 Engineering Drawing (2, 2, 3)

Sectional views and standard conventions of sectional views, Curves of intersection of various planes and solids, Development of various solids like cylinders and spheres and Assembly drawing from both exploded view and working drawing views. Introduction to computer aided design software (eg AutoCAD).

GL 158 Communication Skills II (2, 1, 2)

Developing writing skills (II): Paragraph level (the controlling idea the topic sentence, supporting sentences and developing the paragraph, transitional devices). Developing writing skills (III): The whole essay (forms of disclosure, inductive and deductive reasoning). Development writing skills (IV): Style (registers, diction, spelling and punctuation, editing).

GL 162 Applied Electronics (2, 1, 2)

Physical principles of semiconductor devices. Transistors: feedback theorem, operational amplifiers. Integrated circuit form of operational amplifiers. Feedback and stability. Active filters. Thyristors. Applications of basic electronics.

GL 170 Crystallography & Mineralogy (2, 2, 3)

Elements of Crystallography. Crystal Morphology. Classification of Crystals into Systems and Classes. Twin Crystals. Stereographic Projections. The Chemistry of Minerals. Isomorphism. Physical Mineralogy. Classification of Minerals. Practicals.

GL 174 Principles of Metallurgical Engineering (2, 1, 2)

Introduction and Scope. Classification. Concentration Processes. Seminar on Gold Extraction by Small-Scale Miners and Large-Scale Planets.



GL 251 Literature in English I (1, 1, 1)

Introduction to literature terms and devices. Specific texts: prose, drama and poetry. Vocabulary and language use. Literature as a reflection of contemporary way of life or society (the text as mirrors) literature and morality (the text as example) literature as a form of entertainment. African Writers Series.

GL 255 Mathematical Methods (2, 1, 2)

Ordinary Differential Equations, Laplace Transforms, Functions of Several Variables, Gamma and Beta Functions.

GL 261 Introduction to Mining (2, 0, 2)

Basic introduction to underground and surface mining technologies. Description of various operations in underground and surface mining: drilling, blasting, mucking, supporting, stoping, ventilation, benching, stripping, reclamation etc., including technology and equipment. Impact of mining on the environment.

GL 271 Optical Mineralogy (2, 2, 3)

Theory: Introduction. Mineralogy. Petrographic Microscope. Thin Sections. Definitions. Systematic Mineral Identification. Uniaxial Minerals. Biaxial Minerals. Practicals: Mineral Identification. Observations under cross polars.

GL 273 Structural Geology & Map Work (2, 2, 3)

Introduction. Usefulness of Structural Geology. Sedimentary Structures. Deformation of Rocks. Characterisation of Faults and Shears. Cleavage Development. Lineations. Folds. Deformation History and Analysis. Characterisation of Veins Systems. Structural Analysis. Practicals.

GL 275 Sedimentary Petrology (2, 2, 3)

Introduction. Formation of Sedimentary Rocks. Siliclastic Textures. Classification of Sedimentary Rocks. Stability of Minerals. Interpretation of some Sedimentary Structures and Textures. Sedimentary Environments. Deformational Structures and Mechanisms of Formation. Diagenesis. Sedimentary Rocks and Plate Boundaries.

GL 277 Palaeontology & Stratigraphy (2, 2, 3)

Palaeontology. Protozoa. Porifera. Coellenterata. Enchinoderms. Brachiopoda. Mullusca. Arthropoda. Stratigraphy. Correlation.

GL 279 Photogeology & Remote Sensing (1, 3, 2)

Tilted Photographs. Rectification of Tilted Photographs. Orthophotography. Aerotriangulation. Introduction to Remote Sensing.



GL 250 Mathematical Analysis (2, 1, 2)

Rolle’s theorem. Mean value theorems. Taylor’s theorem. Convergence of series. Power series. Taylor’s series and Maclaurin’s series. Indeterminate forms. Differentiation, parametric differentiation with application to plane curve.

GL 252 Literature in English II (1, 1, 1)

Reading and appreciation. Literary terms. Specific texts: prose, drama, poetry. Vocabulary and language use. Literature as a reflection of contemporary way of life or society (the text as mirrors). Literature and morality (the text as examples) literature as a form of entertainment. Shakespearean and modern classics.

GL 254 Soil Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Introduction. Pedology: Soil Classification, Phase Relationships. Effective Stress Principles. Permeability of Soils. Consolidation and Settlement. Shear Strength of Soils. Lateral Earth Pressure. Compaction of Soils. Practical.

GL 256 Fieldtrip & Technical Report Writing I (1,1,1)

Fieldtrips to areas of interest. Students will be expected to present reports upon which they will be assessed for their credits.

GL 262 Land Surveying (2, 4, 3)

Classification of surveys including chain and compass surveys. Levelling. Theodolite and applications which include theodolite structure and adjustment, traversing, tacheometry and tacheometric surveying. Optical Distance Measurement (ODM). Electromagnetic Distance Measurement (EDM). GNNS: Introduction and applications.

GL 264 Fluid Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Properties of fluids: statics and kinematics of fluids. Euler’s equation, Bernoulli’s equation and applications. Dynamics of fluid flow. Turbulent and laminar flow. Flow in pipes. Friction and other losses. Open channel flow. Navier-Stokes Equation: Simple solutions. Dimensionless analysis.

GL 272 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (2, 2, 3)

Igneous Petrology. Physical Properties of Magma. Sources of Magma: Geothermal gradient. Mechanisms of Magma Generation and Extraction. Magma Diversity and Crystallisation:. Form, Structures and Textures. Classification of Igneous Rocks. Geological. Granitoid Formations. Metamorphic Petrology. Metamorphic Differentiation. Migmatites. Determination of Protoliths. Tectonics and Mineral Deposits Associated with Metamorphism. Practicals.

GL 274 Principles of Field Mapping (1, 5, 2)

Scope and General Procedures in Field Mapping. Essential Equipment and Usage. Base Maps. Mode of Location of Outcrops and Observations at Exposures. Processes of Measurement of Synsedimentary and Tectonic Structures and Delineation of Geological Boundaries. Inferences of Field Observations and Measurements and their Interrelationships and Correlation. Stereographic Projections and Analysis of Attitude and Structural Measurement. Practicals.



GL 351 Computer Programming (1, 2, 2)

Elements of programming. Data description statements. Control structures. Data-processing statements. Input and output (I/O) statements. Procedure for developing a computer program and writing algorithms. Building a visual basic application. Steps in developing application. Visual basic data types. Visual basic decisions. Conditions and loops. Visual basic arithmetic operators. Visual basic programming applications in Engineering. (Any modern language may be used ).

GL 353 Mine Surveying (1, 2, 2)

Field Astronomy: measurement to celestial bodies. Underground Surveying: correlation of surface to underground workings, stope surveying and measurement, connection of levels, borehole surveying.

GL 357 Rock Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Physical and mechanical properties of Rocks. Rock Mass Structure. Stereographic Projection in Rock Mechanics. Rock Mass Classification. Underground Excavations in Massive Rock. Room and Pillar Design. Excavation Support Systems. Rock Slope Stability in Jointed Rock mass. Subsidence. Practicals.

GL 361 Probability and Statistics (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis. Principles of Probability. Random Variables and Distribution. Special Distribution. Testing of Hypothesis and Significance. Mathematical Expectation.

GL 371 Economic Geology & Industrial Mineral (2, 2, 3)

Introduction. The Magmatic Process of Formation of Mineral Deposits. Classification of Hydrothermal Deposits. Types of Deposits. Mineral Fuels. Industrial Minerals (IM’s). Industrial Minerals in Ghana.

GL 373 Field Geology (2, 5, 3)

Geological field mapping exercise shall cover Tarkwa and its environ as well as other parts of Ghana. Plotting of field data. report writing and oral defense of work done shall be conducted.

GL 375 Hydrogeology (2, 1, 2)

The Hydrologic Cycle. Stream Gauging. Occurrence of Groundwater. Movement of Groundwater. Groundwater and Well Hydraulics. Well Construction Methods. Groundwater Monitoring.

GL 377 Rock & Mineral Resources of Ghana (2, 1, 2)

Introduction. The Birimian. The Tarkwaian. The Pan African Domain. Sedimentary Formations. Industrial Minerals and Hydrocarbon Potentials.


GL 350 Mineral Resource Estimation (2, 1, 2)

Mineral resource classification. Classical estimators. Variography. Error estimation. Ordinary Kriging. Introduction of computer applications software such as Datamine in resource estimation.

GL 352 Public Relations (2, 0, 2)

Scope and importance of Public Relations (PR):the business of PR, definitions of PR, the publics of PR; PR distinguished from other forms of communication; the five images in PR; the qualities of a good PR officer.Planning PR programmes: the four reasons for planning PR programmes; the six-point planning model; the PR transfer process. The PR department; the size of PR department; the PR consultant and manager. The news media; the created private media; press relations. PR in developing countries. Crisis management

GL 354 Ore Mineralogy and Microscopy (2, 3, 3)

Course Objective. Theory. Qualitative and Quantitative Microscopy. Demonstration. Systematic Identification of Ore Minerals. Practicals.

GL 356 Fieldtrip and Technical Report Writing II (0, 4,1)

Fieldtrips to areas of interest. Students will be expected to present reports upon which they will be assessed for their credits.

GL 370 Computer Applications in Geology (1, 4, 2)

Advanced spreadsheet applications including macros. Database management using MS Access. Digitising, contouring, volume and tonnage calculation using appropriate software such as Surfer, Datamine etc. Introduction to general mine planning and design software packages such as Surpac, Whittle, MineSight, etc.

GL 372 Environmental Geology (2, 1, 2)

Introduction. Earthquake & Volcanic Hazards. Hazards Associated with Streams. Flooding & Dams. Hazards Associated with Landslides. Debris Flow & Unstable Soils. Water Resources & Water Pollution. Soil Resources & Soil Pollution. Non-fuel Mineral Resources and the Environment. Energy (Garbage) Diposal & Environmental Health and Laws. Regional & Urban Planning. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAs). Geomedicine.

GL 374 Exploration Geochemistry (2, 2, 3)

Introduction. Environments of Geochemical Dispersion & Dispersion Patterns. Types of Geochemical Surveys. Exploration Techniques (& Methods) in Geochemical Surveys. Geochemical Response & Analytical Methods. Statistical Treatment of Geochemical Data & Anomaly Delineation. Geochemical Report Writing. Case Histories.

GL 376 Groundwater Geochemistry (2, 1, 2)

Basic Concepts. Sampling and Analysis of Groundwater. Chemical Reactions and Processes that affect Groundwater Quality. Geochemical Equilibrium Modelling. Geochemical Environments.

GL 378 Exploration Geophysics (2, 2, 3)

Introduction to Exploration Geophysics. Seismic Methods. Electrical Resistivity Method. Gravitational Methods. Magnetic Methods. Self Potential (Spontaneous Polarisation). Radiometric Methods.


GL 451 Research Methods and Ethics in Science (2,0,2)

Definition and concepts of research. Research process. Research design. Literature review. Sampling. Reliability and validity of data. Qualitative and quantitative research methods. Research reporting. Definition of ethics in science. How ethics and values intersect with professionalism. Ethical theory and applications. Standards of ethical conduct in science. Common ethical principles in science. Fraud in science. Whistle blowing. Conflict of interest. Case studies.

GL 453 Mineral Project Evaluation (2, 2, 3)

Overview of mineral project evaluation: Distinctive features of the mine investment climate, investment analysis, definition of mineral project evaluation. Time value of money. Estimation of revenue and costs. Mine taxation and allowances. Financial analysis. Investment decision criteria. Cash flow, sensitivity and risk analyses.

GL 455 Geographic Information System (1, 3, 2)

General introduction of GIS. Spatial data and geo-information. Representation of real world. Representation of geographic fields and objects. Computer representation of geographic data. Topology and spatial relationship. Data processing systems. Data entry and preparation. Spatial data analysis. Data visualisation. Application of GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS) to resource management.

GL 459 Operations Research (2, 2, 3)

Application of the following operations research techniques in solving relevant problems: Linear and integer programming. Assignment and transportation problems. Decision analysis. Project scheduling methods: CPM, PERT. Simulation techniques. Application of appropriate computer software.

GL 461 Principles of Economics (2, 0, 2)

Introduction to microeconomics. Demand and supply. Elasticities. The concept of market structures. Introduction to macroeconomics. Functions of government. Measurement of national output and income. Money and banking. Unemployment and inflation. Interdependence and the gains from trade.

GL 471 Petroleum Geology (2, 1, 2)

Evolution of Petroleum Exploration Concepts and Techniques. The Context of Petroleum Geology. Generation and Maturation of Petroleum. Paleothermometers. Petroleum Migration. Effects of Diagenesis on Reservoirs. Reserve Calculations. Production Methods. The Petroleum Trap. Sedimentary Basins. The Rift-Drift Suite of Basins.

GL 473 Engineering Geology (2, 2, 3)

Introduction. Engineering Characteristics of Soils and Rock Masses. Geomechanical Implications of Weathering and Mass Wasting. Subsurface Investigations for Specific Ground Engineering Works. Water in Rock and Soil Masses. Geological Factors in Engineering Works. Land Surface and Terrain Evaluation.

GL 475 Mining Geology and Laws (2, 0, 2)

Management of surveys. Guides for ore localisation. Mineralisation structures in mineral deposit assessment and evaluation. Mapping and sampling techniques. Target drilling and or zone demarcation. Grade control. Trenching, pitting, drilling core-logging, drill hole correlation and Maps and sections: Surface and underground mapping methods, Minerals and Mining Laws. Small Scale Mining Laws. Mining, Safety and Health Regulation. Explosive Regulations. Environmental Laws/Regulations.


GL 450 Project Work (0, 12, 4)

Each student will undertake a project work relevant to the mining industry and within the mining engineering curriculum under the supervision of a member of staff of the Department or the University. Project work at this level is aimed at gathering, analysing and presenting data in the form of a technical report.

GL 452 Colloquium/Seminar (1, 1, 1)

Students will be taught the rigor of technical writing and oral/poster presentation. Each student will present a seminar on his/her project work or scientific topic agreed on with his/her supervisor.

GL 454 Business Entrepreneurship (2, 0, 2)

Introduction to business entrepreneurship: Definitions and theories of business entrepreneurship. How to identify new business opportunities. Forms of business ownership. Starting a business in Ghana. Writing a business plan. Management of business enterprises: Financial management, Insurance, Taxation. Risks in business. Entrepreneurship as a strategic practice.

GL 458 Principles of Management (2, 0, 2)

Introduction: Some developments in management thought, functions of managers. Managerial planning and decision-making. Orgnanising: The formal organisational structure, organisational levels and span of management, departmentation, power, authority, responsibility and accountability, Decentralisation and delegation of authority. Staffing or human resource management. The human factor, motivation and leadership. Controlling. Application of the principles of management through case studies.

GL 460 Corporate Social Responsibility (2, 0, 2)

The concept of sustainable development. The evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Drivers and definitions. Theories to analyse and explain Corporate Social Responsibility. Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana. Compensation, relocation/resettlement and alternative livelihood issues. Case studies

GL 472 Foundation Engineering (2, 1, 2)

Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations. Foundation Settlements. Earth Retaining Structures. Stability of Soil Slopes. Foundation on Rock. Machine Foundations.

GL 474 Applied Geotechnics (2, 2, 3)

Site Investigation. Control of Groundwater in Engineering Construction. Foundations on Swelling Soils. Deep Foundations. Design of Earth and Rockfill Dams. Geo-environmental Engineering. Flexible and Rigid Pavement Design. Ground Improvement and Applications. Geosynthetics. Earthquake Geotechnics. Large Volume Waste management.